Movie Diary 5/11/2010

Farewell (Christian Carion, 2009). Well-measured spy-movie stuff, with the bonus of Emir Kusturica as a Moscow official feeding info to the West in the early 1980s. (Seattle International Film Festival screenings 5/29, 5/31, 6/12)

The Concert (Radu Mihaileanu, 2009). The French can make big, square, crowd-pleasing pictures too, as they frequently remind us. This is one of those, with Melanie Laurent (of Inglourious Basterds) in support to many cute things. (SIFF screenings 5/21, 5/23, 5/28)

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010). Quite a few things to like about this one, but a stray observation: an extraordinary number of people in the nifty cast resemble Ridley Scott – small eyes, small nose, bluff manner. Check it out. (full review 5/14)